Lauded as "the Great Writ" and praised as "one of the precious heritages of Anglo-American civilization," the legal writ of habeas corpus marvelously triggers a judicial proceeding in which courts may release individuals from unlawful restraints on their liberty. Indeed, this writ has been a part of Georgia law even prior to the creation of the United States. Today Georgia habeas corpus proceedings commonly involve pretrial confinement on criminal charges, detention in a mental health facility, extradition and postconviction cases. Some of these habeas decisions have even taken on human rights landmark status.
Wilkes, Donald E. Jr., "The Writ of Habeas Corpus in Georgia" (2007). Popular Media. Paper 63.